The Psyche Society, in partnership with the University of Pretoria’s award-winning campus station, TuksFM, has launched a collaborative podcast series. The Psyche Student Society (Psyche), is the University of Pretoria’s student-run and student-led psychological society.

The podcast series, titled “Mental Matters”, is a ten-episode series that aims to break the stigmas that surround mental health, as well as develop ways to address the mental health issues that students face. The podcast offers a “fresh new look at mental health” and will also delve into progressive methods of navigating the new challenges brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Each week, with TuksFM, the podcast will feature professional psychologists who will be responding to topics of the respective week.

Students are encouraged to submit questions and topics they would like to hear discussed on the podcast to Psyche at psychesociety.up@gmail.com

On 22 July the “Mental Matters” podcast featured Dr Nicoleen Coetzee, a neuroscience research psychologist, and lecturer, and addressed “how to make use of the upcoming uni break: what can we do to make sure we have a proper rest and gain back energy”.

The next podcast on 29 July will feature Mr Anthony Townsend and be on the topic “Problems vs disorders: how to tell the difference, why the difference is important and different treatments for both”. Other scheduled speakers include Dr Mpho Tshivhase and Ms Nkateko Ndalo-Magoro, counseling psychologist and lecturer.

Students are encouraged to submit questions and topics they would like to hear discussed on the podcast to Psyche at psychesociety.up@gmail.com, or follow the link in their bio on their Instagram page: psychesociety.up.

“Mental Matters” will be broadcast every Wednesday and can be accessed on the TuksFM website, www.tuksfm.co.za, and their Instagram page @tuksfm1072.

Illustration: Giovanna Janos

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